Next month at NS the school will be hosting a suicide prevention assembly in the auditorium. Ben Cox will be the main teacher in charge of Prevention Night.
NS has already held this assembly for a few years, but this year because of a new Utah law all Utah schools are required to have this assembly. This is due to the fact that suicide is the 2nd leading cause of death for people ages ten to twenty four, giving Utah the seventh highest suicide rate in the nation. This is the first year that the law has been in place.
“We held the assembly for a couple years before just because we felt it was important,” said Cox.
The purpose of this assembly is to educate students, and parents about bullying, suicide, internet safety, and drug use. All of these are major problems in today’s society. The teachers in charge of this want as many students, and parents to come as possible.
The assembly is being held the same day as Parent Teacher Conference. The reason they’re doing this is because they want it to be easier for parents and students to attend.
The school wants parents to be able to come in, and talk to the teachers during Parent Teacher Conference. After doing that, they can go to the assembly and have dinner afterwards.
“We’re hoping for a group of at least five hundred people,” Cox stated. A few years earlier almost 600 people showed up to the assembly. Youth groups from different churches are also invited to attend this assembly.
The assembly will be held on November 9 at 6 pm.
The school wants parents to be aware of what is going on in the community. They want them to know what their students are going through and how to help them.